|Mercury INC 2 convened for its third day on Wednesday 26 January, 2011, in Chiba, Japan.
During the morning plenary, delegates heard reports back from storage and waste contact group Co-Chair Katerina Sebkova (Czech Republic), and from ASGM contact group Co-Chair Felipe Ferreira (Brazil). Both contact groups were mandated to continue their work.
Delegates continued discussion on the elements paper (UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.2/3) beginning with Article 5, on international trade with parties in mercury or mercury compounds and Article 6, and on international trade with non-parties in mercury or mercury compounds. Delegates then considered measures to reduce intentional use of mercury, discussing Article 7, mercury-added products, Article 8, manufacturing processes in which mercury is used, and Article 14, allowable-use exemptions, as a cluster of interlinked issues.
In the late afternoon delegates turned their attention to measures to reduce releases of mercury to air, water and land: Article 10, atmospheric emissions; and Article 11, releases to water and land.